St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
City’s contribution to ‘wellbeing of society’ explored by St Paul’s Institute
15 August 2012
The full video of a recent debate which asked if the City of London is ‘socially useful’, is now available to
Organised by St Paul’s Institute, in collaboration with JustShare, the debate, The City: Is it socially useful?, was held
on Wednesday 25 July at St Mary-le-Bow church, Cheapside.
Participating in the debate were Tony Greenham from the new economics foundation, and Raquel Hughes
from TheCityUK.The debate was chaired by Anne Kiem of the Institute of Financial Services, and included
comment and questions from the audience.
In a time of ongoing controversy surrounding the behaviour of many people and structures related to the financial sector, the debate provided
an opportunity to discuss the prominent role of the sector today and whether or not it is justified by its contribution to the overall
wellbeing of society.
Both speakers agreed that there were many aspects of modern life which depend upon the products and transactions provided by the financial
services industry, and there was little disagreement that these core services were vital. However, there was also a close and frank look at
elements of the sector that were seen to be out of control and needed to be re-examined in light of numerous examples of self-serving
behaviour, malpractice or ethical ambiguity.
Robert Gordon, Manager of St Paul’s Institute, said: "This debate contained solid thinking from both sides, and there were a number of
practical suggestions worth taking particular note of. We are at the stage now where we must focus on models for reform and their desired
outcomes, as it is clear that we have reached broad-based agreement that change must occur.
"Where we go from here must be carefully and openly considered.”